- Toyota Motor Corporation has announced plans to introduce cars with “accelerator suppression function” features
- The system would therefore deliberately ignore the accelerator pedal if the system determines that it is not needed
- The move became necessary following an increasing spate of accidents in Japan especially among elderly people
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Toyota Motor Corporation has announced plans to introduce safety emergency systems to reduce road accidents.
The company revealed that on Monday, February 3, 2020, that it intends to address the challenge of accidents caused by a mix-up of accelerators and brakes in cars.
YEN.com.gh understands that the company has introduced a system to that would ignore the accelerator if it is determined that the driver unintentionally stepped on it.
The technology, described as “accelerator suppression function” will be present in new cars manufactured in Japan in the summer.
The mechanism has become necessary because of the increasing rate of traffic accidents in Japan.
Per a report by venturebeat.com, elderly drivers often mistake the accelerator for the brake, leading to accidents.
Available statistics show that 15% of fatal accidents on Japanese roads in the year 2018 were caused by drivers who are 75 years or older.
The government, it has been gathered, actively encourages elderly drivers to hand over their licenses.
In other news, a passenger on a Kenyan Airways flight who arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, is reported to be the first case of the coronavirus in East Africa.
Per a report by qz.com, the affected person is currently being quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that a 34-year-old student arrived on a flight from Beijing to Ivory Coast and is being regarded as a potential Kenyan case of the virus.
At the moment, it is estimated that about 4,600 students from Africa are currently staying in the Hubei province, whose capital city, Wuhan, has become the ground zero for the spread of the deadly virus.
France24.com reports that there are no verified cases of infections in Africa to date but trade relations with China as well as overstretched healthcare systems have led to increased concerns.
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency as the virus spreads.
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